The man who claimed he last saw his friend and college student, Blaze Bernstein, at a park in California, was arrested on Friday in connection with his death.
According to the Orange County Register, the friend said Bernstein had told him they were going to meet up with another friend from high school, and they arrived at the park shortly before midnight on January 2.
Woodward appeared nervous while being interviewed by sheriff's investigators, before the body had been found, saying Bernstein walked into the park after exiting the vehicle and he didn't see him again, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained earlier this week by the Southern California News Group.
While leaving the sheriff's facility during an interview, he covered his hands with clothing before touching the door knobs, the affidavit says. Bernstein's body was found Tuesday after heavy rains revealed some of his remains in a shallow grave in the brush along the perimeter of Lake Forest's Borrego Park, authorities said. It's believed the two exchanged messages on Snapchat the day of the killing. Investigators also said they would not release details on the condition of Bernstein's body or what may have occurred at the park. Police say they are still investigating the motive.
Bernstein was picked up by a high school friend on January 2 and was heading to meet a third person in the park, Annee Della Donna, an attorney and friend of the family, told the newspaper.
Blaze Bernstein 19 was found dead Tuesday in a California park. He was reported missing Jan. 3 authorities said
Barnes said Bernstein was at his family's Lake Forest home on winter break from Penn, where he was a pre-med student. The friend said he could not recall the girlfriend's last name or address.
On Thursday, investigators said they had in connection with the case.
It also states that while speaking to the friend at Borrego Park on January 4, detectives noticed his hands had several small scratches and abrasions. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said that charges were pending against Woodward and did not elaborate on what he could face until all details of the case were looked over. When news of the arrest came out, Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, the victim's mother, responded to ABC7 reporter Greg Lee with a statement. My thoughts are: Revenge is empty.
He agreed to be further interviewed at the sheriff's headquarters in Santa Ana, where his story "stayed fairly consistent". It will never bring back my son.
"On their way out of Sheriff's Headquarters, (investigators) noticed every door (the friend) had to touch on the way out of the building he pulled his jacket over his hand to prevent his hand and fingers from touching any part of the doors he touched".
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